Guercia (Barbera da Vigna Vecchia)
100% Barbera. From a single estate parcel of Barbera planted in 1949 in the steep hills of the Monferrato zone of Asti near the village of Scurzolengo. The Verrua family--Nadia and her mother Maria Teresa and her father Ottavio--farms these old vines organically, tending and harvesting them by hand. Fermentation is entirely spontaneous, with no addition of yeasts or sulfur and no temperature control, and tends to be lengthy in this cold cellar with no temperature control. Maceration is often as long as two months or more. Aging for this tiny-production Barbera is around a year in concrete vat. It is bottled without fining or filtering and with a maximum of 2 grams of sulfur.